Of course, winning the battle doesn't mean winning the war, as the Leaf still holds a commanding lead in the year-to-date sales category with 8,066 units sold to the Volt's 5,003. Both vehicles also recorded a few extra sales last December when they first went on sale, though they share January 2011 as their first full month of being available to purchase in the U.S.
Both automakers are targeting U.S. sales for their respective vehicles of about 10,000 units in 2011. Despite the slip last month, Nissan seems capable of reaching that target if it can finish out the year with two months of 1,000+ sales. Chevy, however, would need a miracle of both production and marketing to pull off selling the same number of Volts in the year's final two months as it did in the first ten.